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Ex-New York Mets minor league pitcher Matt Pobereyko found dead at 31 after suffering a heart attack in his Chicago apartment

Former MLB minor league pitcher Matt Pobereyko has died at the age of 31 after suffering a heart attack at his home in Chicago.

The former New York Mets, Arizona Diamondbacks and Miami Marlins pitcher played as recently as this month in Mexico, and was described by his family as ‘perfectly healthy’ in the aftermath of his shock death.

Pobereyko was found by his girlfriend in their apartment in Wheaton, near Chicago, according to NBC News.

In an interview with the same news outlet, Pobereyko’s brother Daniel said: ‘He just dropped and that’s all we know. We don’t know. 

‘There’s nothing outstanding on the autopsy. But from what I understand he would have gotten a clean bill of health if he had a pulse.

Matt Pobereyko, the former New York Mets minor leaguer, has died at the age of just 31

Matt Pobereyko, the former New York Mets minor leaguer, has died at the age of just 31

‘For what we know now, there’s really no leads. They saw him earlier in the week and he seemed to be perfectly fine.’

Pobereyko’s death was first revealed by his team in Mexico, Saraperos de Saltillo, who tweeted on Saturday: ‘We report the unfortunate news of the death of Matt Pobereyko, due to a heart attack that ended his life.’

The pitcher had last played earlier this month in the Caribbean World Series in Venezuela, and his family revealed that he still harbored ambitions of playing at a higher level having impressed in his most recent stint. 

It was later confirmed by his brother Daniel that Matt was found by his girlfriend

Pobereynko and his girlfriend post in the outfield

It was later confirmed by his brother Daniel that Matt was found by his girlfriend at their home

Pobereynko played as recently as February 9, for Mexico against the Dominican Republic

Pobereynko played as recently as February 9, for Mexico against the Dominican Republic

He played for the minor league teams of the Mets, Arizona Diamondbacks and Miami Marlins

He played for the minor league teams of the Mets, Arizona Diamondbacks and Miami Marlins

‘He had his eyes on the Asian markets because he had thrown really well in Mexico so he was hoping for that at the very least. He still had really good stuff, and he was going to pitch as long as he did.’

The Hammond, Indiana native first played in college for Kentucky Wesleyan before his journey around the minor leagues – rising as high as the Mets’ triple-A team in Las Vegas in 2018. 

Over the winter, Pobereyko had also played for Algodoneros de Guasave, leading the league with 73 strikeouts across just 70 1/3 innings. 

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